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Caring for Our Spouses

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMeet the Mitchems and the Shapards: two Oklahoma families who would benefit greatly from the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Cheryl Mitchem cares for her husband, Alphus, who battles brain cancer. She has help from her adult daughter, Kristin — but like so many of the 42 million family caregivers nationwide, Cheryl struggles with the complex medical and nursing tasks she must perform for Alphus. She has had no training to carry out these duties — like managing multiple …

This Week in Boomer History: Rolling Stones … Bay of Pigs … ‘The Simpsons’

Posted on 04/13/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience The Rolling Stones, the band’s self-titled debut album, is released by Decca Records in the U.K. on April 16, 1964, and climbs to No. 1. Slightly altered, the album is released in the U.S. on May 30 but never cracks the Top 10. On April 17, 1964, Jerrie Mock arrives in Columbus, Ohio, in a Cessna 180 to complete the first solo round-the-world flight by a woman. Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchor of the …

Mom, Pop & the CARE Act

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAs I recently told Ron Fournier of the National Journal, the memories of Mom and Pop are part of what drive me in my work to support family caregivers as they help their loved ones live independently at home. Like most Americans, Mom and Pop wanted to stay at home — and not go into a nursing home or other facility. In their 80s they become first-time homeowners of a one-story house, and I continued in my role as their …

This Week in Boomer History: Hank Aaron … Beatles Are Over … ‘Twin Peaks’

Posted on 04/6/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsHank Aaron’s 715th round-tripper on April 8, 1974, makes him Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader, ending Babe Ruth’s 39-year reign. Barry Bonds deposes Aaron in 2007, an achievement tarnished by suspicions that Bonds used steroids. The disco anthem “Dancing Queen” by Swedish pop group ABBA tops American pop charts on April 9, 1977. On April 7, 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously strikes down laws prohibiting possession of obscene material. The justices cite freedom of speech and “the right to …

Medicare Accepting Applications From Same-Sex Spouses

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSpouses in same-sex marriages can now apply for Medicare benefits. The Social Security Administration, which is in charge of determining eligibility for Medicare, has begun working on requests for Part A and Part B coverage by spouses in same-sex marriages as well as requests for special enrollment and reductions in late-enrollment penalties. The Supreme Court’s ruling last year in United States v. Windsor invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, which had prevented Medicare from allowing benefits for same-sex couples. The …

Supreme Court Voids Overall Campaign Donor Limits

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Mark Sherman, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court further loosened the reins on political giving Wednesday, ruling that big campaign donors can dole out money to as many candidates and political committees as they want as long as they abide by limits on contributions to each individual campaign. In a 5-4 vote won by conservative justices, the court struck down limits in federal law on the total amount of money a contributor can give to candidates, political …